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Aug 22, 2006 at 11:09pm IST

Autocar, Ford Fiesta enter Limca records

Mumbai: Autocar India and Ford Fiesta have registered their names in the Limca Book of Records in a Max Mileage marathon, recording the longest distance ever travelled on a single tank of diesel and petrol.

The petrol car travelled continuously for 1,183 kilometres and extracted 22.43 kilometres from every litre of petrol, while the diesel car covered 1,570.8 kilometres at an average of 31.48 kilometres per litre.

Representatives from the Limca book of records presented the certificate to Autocar India Editor Hormazd Sorabjee and Ford India President and Managing Director, Arvind Mathew on Tuesday.

SMOOTH DRIVE: HPCL power, turbojet petrol and diesel were used in the cars in the marathon. (Photo: AP)

''Through this marathon, we wished to demonstrate that good driving conditions, combined with sound driving skills and high performance modern engines have the potential to considerably increase fuel efficiency and result in savings for car owners,'' Sorabjee said.

The entire event was monitored and supervised by the federation of Motor Sports Association of India and representatives of the Limca book of records.

''I am delighted that Ford Fiesta is a part of this historical mileage record and Fiesta offers exceptional value for money and can be instrumental in saving,'' Mathew said.

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited’s power and turbojet petrol and diesel were used in the cars that were driven round the track at speeds between 50 to 70 kilometres.

The drivers were Hormazd Sorabjee, Shapur Kotwal, Ouseph Chacko, Siddhraj Singh, Rishad Cooper, while auto enthusiasts Renuk Kripalani, Iqbal Durazi and Byram Dhalla took turns behind the wheels.

The marathon was held on July 29 and 30 at the 4.226 kilometre-high speed track at the National Centre for Automotive Testing at the vehicle research and development establishment in Ahmednagar.

Fiesta 1.4 litre Duratorq TDCi diesel and Fiesta 1.4 litre Duratec petrol cars featured in the marathon.

A brainchild of Autocar India, the Max Mileage Marathon, was organised with the objective of proving that ideal road conditions, skillful driving and modern engine technology can result in huge fuel savings.